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The employment situation for academics in Australia and New Zealand has changed significantly over the last two decades. The days of full-time ongoing positions as the norm for academics are fast disappearing. Many of those teaching and researching into universities are now working on short fixed-term contracts or as casual staff. These academics are variously referred to, or refer to themselves, as casuals, sessionals, paraacademics or members of the precariat or the peripherate with all the significance that last term implies. As the current President of the NTEU Jeannie Rea claims, precarious work has now been normalised in our university system (2016, p.3).